Given everything most of us try to pack into a day, it’s not surprising that we may feel overwhelmed. Even with the best of intentions, before we know it, we fall back into old ways of thinking and doing things. Our focus shifts back to taking care of everyone and everything else first. Sometimes, at the end of the day, there’s no time left for self-care. But here’s what you need to ask yourself: “Will I ever get it all done?” My answer: No! It’s time to put yourself on your “to do” list.
A first step for self-care is to stop and breathe. Then, ask yourself: “What is one thing I will do for my health today?” Decide what you need the most today. Maybe you need 10 minutes of slow stretching, a brisk walk, a quiet 5 to 10 minutes of breath practice or meditation, or maybe just a nutritious and delicious lunch. All of these take very little time, but provide real health benefits. Now that you’ve planned it, schedule it. Actually mark it in your planner or set a reminder in your phone. Do what works best for you and follow through. When your needs are met, you’re more productive, feel better about yourself and enjoy life more. What will you choose to do for your health today?